OHS Insider Month in Review – September 2017: Nova Scotia

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LAWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS

Workers’ Compensation
Sept. 5: Average 2018 premiums will remain $2.65 per $100 of assessable payroll. Rates are going up for 41% of employers (see table below).
Key Industries/Sectors Getting WCB Rate Changes in 2018

Industry 2018 Rate

(per $100 payroll)

2017 Rate

(per $100 payroll)

Change
Long-term care $5.87 $5.50 +7%
Home care $8.05 $7.24 +11%
Farming (including Xmas trees) $2.47 $3.09 -20%
Fish & seafood, wholesale $1.92 $2.40 -20%
Commercial construction $2.84 $3.46 -18%
Commercial fishing $4.92 $5.46 -10%
Hardware & machinery, wholesale $1.73 $1.40 +24%
Property management $1.73 $1.40 +24%
Dry bulk materials trucking $3.38 $2.78 +22%
Clothing & textile manufacture $4.95 $4.13 +20%
Sawmills $6.26 $5.22 +20%
Residential construction $7.32 $6.67 +10%

 

WCB
Sept. 7: WCB Nova Scotia hired a pair of key vendors to implement its business transformation to a cloud-based system. Guidewire will supply the systems and Ernst & Young will power and operate them.

Wildlife Conservation
Sept. 1: Nova Scotia added 11 species to its endangered/threatened list:

Species Status
Bank swallow Endangered
Gypsy cuckoo bumble bee Endangered
Monarch butterfly Endangered
Tall beakrush Endangered
Transverse lady beetle Endangered
Evening grosbeak Special concern
Yellow-banded bumble bee Special concern
Black foam lichen Threatened
Eastern waterfan Threatened
Sable Island sweat bee Threatened
Wrinkled shingle lichen Threatened